What seems like light years ago (even though it was only 2012) I had the pleasure of shooting Rupz MkII. It was before any real shakotan cars had appeared in New Zealand, especially more classic-oriented ones. There was plenty of sacked 180s, but the old J-tin was still pretty rare. This MkII had all the right aspects, old school, squat, hippari-stretch, and the boso handle scraping the pavement. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was to be one of those cars that as a photographer I just couldn’t forget.
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If you had to associate Japan with one particular make and model of car you would be hard pressed to argue anything other than the Toyota AE86. This humble little fifth generation Corolla is Japan’s darling of drift cars, undeniably the best car for delivering tofu in, and has captured the souls of tuners and car fanatics all over the world. So when Kamata-san, his brother and their father decided to specialise in tuning one model of car it wasn’t a difficult choice to make it the humble hachiroku.
It’s no secret that drift cars and battle scars go hand in hand, although it isn’t too often you come across a grassroots drift weapon that is just so damn clean that you always run a double take as it cruises down the pit lane. Troy Griffin’s 110 is one of those cars.
After snapping temples and lots of cherry blossom and endless kimono for a few days I was feeling refreshed and ready to get back into the automotive shooting. Good way to kick things off was to see a car that I have been craving to shoot since I first saw Dino post a shot of it on Facebook. The Rocketbunny FD RX7.
Throughout history those who think differently and attempt to change things are branded as troublemakers, and going against the grain isn’t something that is well accepted in Japan. Kei Miura has always taken the road less travelled, is a true underground hero, an outlaw kanjo racer but most importantly is a true pioneer and innovator.